Victoria Falls

20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland

Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. On the way to the Cederberg we visit Khwattu where we enjoy a San guided tour and museum visit. After the tour, lunch will be prepared, after which we continue to our campsite in the Cederberg region. We arrive at our camp and your guides will give you a full briefing on the tour.

After an early start, we head north via the distant town of Springbok where we proceed to our camp located right beside the Namibian border. The camp is situated on the riverbank that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.

This morning there’s the chance to see the beautiful river valley by canoe or just relax at camp. After lunch we cross the border and travel to the Fish River Canyon. After a scenic walk along the edge of the canyon we enjoy our dinner while watching the sunset.  (Optional Activity: Not to be missed amazing Half-Day Canoe Adventure).

We arrive at the Namib-Naukluft National Park and set up camp, then enjoy a short hike into the Sesriem Canyon. Tonight we enjoy the star-studded sky and enduring silence of the Namib Desert.

This is our earliest morning as we prepare for our hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise. After our hike, we will have the chance to visit Sossusvlei. Later we join a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions.

After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund. Just before we arrive in Swakopmund, we stop at the Walvis bay lagoon en route, where there are often flamingos to be seen. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants.

The whole day is free to relax, explore or partake in one of the many activities available here.  Most popular activities are quad biking in the dunes or tandem skydiving.  On a clear day’s skydiving you can see all the way to the next day’s destination!  Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day. (Optional Activities: Quad biking, sand boarding, sky diving, dinner out etc)

Swakopmund is well known for adventure sports including: skydiving, sandboarding and quadbiking. Your guides will be able to assist you in deciding on a suitable activity, alternatively, spend the day exploring the town and enjoying the various coffee shops and souvenir shops.

Leaving the coast we drive through arid landscapes to Spitzkoppe Mountain. The enormous granite monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape and we set up camp in the wild plain at the base of the mountain. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations.  The more adventurous among us may want to try some mountain climbing for some stunning views of the landscape.

After some early morning exploration we continue north and drive towards Kamanjab. Today we have the chance to experience life within a Himba tribe. The Himba are pastoral people and predominantly breed cattle or goats. They are easily recognisable by their unique style of dress. The Himba have been extremely diligent about upholding the roots of their culture but they are also very curious about visitors to their home.

Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck!  We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant waterholes for some excellent game photography. Optional Activities: Night or dawn game drives in safari vehicles.

After an early morning game drive we set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia.  On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home.  Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of Namibia.  On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short city tour in our truck.  Joe’s Beer House is an exciting dining experience for our optional dinner out.   Optional Activity: Dinner out.

After an early start, we cross into Botswana and drive to Ghanzi. After setting up camp we meet with a local Bushman (San) community and experience some traditional tribal dancing.  Optional activity: Bushman walk

Our journey takes us from Ghanzi towards Maun. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and this afternoon we will prepare for this excursion, packing small 2-night bags. There may be an opportunity this afternoon to visit the local crocodile farm or take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. Optional Activities: Crocodile Farm visit, Scenic Flight (time permitting)

This morning we board the big 4×4 truck that will take us in to the Delta. In high-water season it is sometimes necessary to take a boat to the polling station where we meet up with the members of a local community who will be showing us their homeland.  We spend 2 nights bush camping in the wilderness and, if the water level allows, we will take a mokoro (traditional canoe) trip through the waterways. We will also be going on some nature walks in the hope of seeing some wild animals in their natural habitat. Option extra: Bush camp in the Okavango Delta.

We leave the Delta behind us and travel east to Planet Baobab. You can explore the bush around the campsite, lounge by the pool and view some of the region’s oldest Baobab trees.

We travel to Chobe and this afternoon we enjoy a sunset river cruise as the animals are best spotted from the Chobe River.  Elephants, Hippo, Crocodiles, Eland and many other creatures reside in Chobe so keep your cameras ready.

On arrival in Victoria Falls town, we have time to plan the next day’s adventure activities before we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering of the mighty Zambezi. An optional dinner out is a friendly way to end your tour with all the new friends you’ve made along the way.  Optional Activities: Chobe morning game drive, Zambezi Sunset Cruise

Officially your tour finishes after breakfast but most people will spend the day White Water Rafting, or walking with lions or a bungee jump from the bridge that joins Zimbabwe with Zambia.  Optional Activities: Full day white water rafting, Flight over the falls, Full day low/high water river boarding, sunset cruise, bungee jump (solo), morning/afternoon lion or elephant encounter.

Departs: 1-2 per week

 

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20 Day South African Explorer Overland

Leaving the mother city of Cape Town behind us, we drive to the famous town of Stellenbosch, known worldwide for its quality wines, spectacular beauty, oak trees and historical buildings. Here we will have time to explore the town and sample some excellent wine from one of the local wine farms. Afterwards we will drive to the Cheetah Breeding Centre to experience these animals up close and personal. On clear days the magnificent mountain scenery makes for a memorable first day.  On arrival at our accommodation for the night, your guides will brief you on what to expect ahead.

Today we travel along the famous Route 62 towards Oudtshoorn and, time permitting, stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub. We take a guided tour of the Cango Caves, which have some of the most impressive limestone caverns and the different formations are quite astonishing.  You will have the opportunity to visit an Ostrich farm later in the afternoon.  Tonight we stay in Oudtshoorn.  Optional Activity: Ostrich Farm visit.

Today we cross over the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains to Knysna. Your afternoon is free to explore Knysna, one of South Africa’s most popular seaside towns. Optional Activities: Elephant Encounter, Township Tour, Monkey town, Birds of Eden, lagoon cruise.

One of South Africa’s best kept secrets is the Tsitsikamma National Park. Boasting exceptional hiking trails and superb coastal scenery Tsitsikamma is a destination that many people will return to. The first few hours of the famous Otter Trail Hike is included in your Activity Package.  For those needing an adrenaline boost the nearby Bloukrans Bridge is home to the world’s highest bungee jump at 216m! Optional Activities: Bungee jumping (highest in the world), treetop canopy tours, blackwater tubing (min 4 clients)

Continuing to the Eastern Cape, we enter Addo Elephant National Park, which is home to many of Africa’s big game. Our truck gives us an elevated view on our game drive this afternoon, particularly for those photographic enthusiasts amongst us. Optional Activities: Night game drive with SANP

After a morning game drive in Addo we depart the National Park and drive to Port Elizabeth Airport where we make a quick stop, and then on to Cintsa where you will have the chance to participate in the optional activities on offer. Optional Activities: boat rental, quad biking, Xhosa village visit.

Today we leave South Africa and enter the landlocked mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Lesotho is one of the highest countries in the world, with the entire country being over 1000m above sea level.  The next day we get up early and those who opt to go on the optional Pony Trekking Excursion will ride into the remote hills of Lesotho accompanied by local guides. On your return the group will visit the local village and school. Optional Activities: Pony Trekking Excursion, Hiking.

The Drakensberg Mountains are South Africa’s highest and most beautiful. We explore the mountain paths and take in the breathtaking views offered in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg (Royal Natal) National Park. On our second day we will be going on a guided hike to see some of the San rock paintings. Optional activities: Horse riding, Hiking

It’s all downhill as we leave the mountain scenery en route to the Kwazulu Natal Coast. The bustling city of Durban is South Africa’s busiest port and well know surfing destination. We stay in the city centre this evening and maybe sample some Indian cuisine and enjoy this coastal city’s vibrant nightlife. Optional Activity: Dinner out at local restaurant

Soon after our arrival at the iSimangaliso Wetland Park we board a boat for a sunset cruise on the lagoon for some bird and hippo viewing! This UNESCO recognised area is extremely varied and includes: lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands together supporting an astounding diversity of animal, bird and marine life.

This morning we drive to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for a game drive in open 4×4 vehicles. The park is the only state-run park in the province of KwaZulu-Natal where all the Big Five occur. Due to conservation efforts, the park now has the largest population of white rhino in the world.  In the afternoon we cross the border into Swaziland.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swaziland’s oldest reserve and covers 4,560 hectares.  As there are no large predators in this area, there are a number of self-guided hikes available. Hiking is an excellent way of interacting with the flora and fauna and comes highly recommended. Optional Activities: Guided birding walk, Game Drive, Village visit

We return to South Africa and drive to the Kruger NP for two unforgettable days of game viewing. Kruger National Park is home to Africa’s Big 5 as well as a multitude of other beautiful African animals, both small and large. Our truck gives us a height advantage over other vehicles, which means better photo opportunities. There will be a number of game drives to give us the best opportunity to see all the animals. Optional Activities (subject to availability): Full day 4×4 game drive, morning walk, sunset game drive.

Leaving the World’s most famous nature conservation area behind us, we travel to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation centre to meet some of the rescued animals before they are released back into the wild.  At our camp this evening we will experience some typical South African cuisine while enjoying a traditional song and dance evening.

Today we travel along the Panorama Route, stopping for breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The tour ends on arrival in Johannesburg, although most who choose to stay for an additional night will enjoy an optional dinner for their last evening together. Optional Activities: Dinner Out.

Departs:1-2 per week